On eastbound Interstate 10 near West Convina, between 250 and 400 motorcycles abruptly stopped traffic on January 27 in order for 24-year-old Hector Martinez to propose to his girlfriend. It was a joyous event filled with pink smoke, revving motorcycles and a very surprised bride-to-be. However, there was one group who was not thrilled about the “spectacle” the proposal in the video above caused: the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The Denver Post reported that authorities arrested four men—including the groom—because of the stunt. They are faced with charges that include “investigation of misdemeanor public nuisance,” “participating in an unlawful assembly” and “exhibition of speed.” The blockade interrupted traffic on I-10 for approximately two minutes. According to police, the situation was made worse by the video of the event going viral, and being seen and shared by thousands of people around the country. In regards to the video, CHP Sergeant Kurt Stormes said, “It’s a slap in the face of law enforcement, in general.” Martinez and three members of a rock band that were promoting their music at the event were found through their social media posting. Stormes said they were “bragging about it a lot.”
While the proposal was certainly a well-intended gesture, creating a traffic jam like this for any amount of time—even 120 seconds—can have devastating consequences to both the motorcycles involved and the other motorists trapped behind it. What if a distracted driver had not heeded caution and collided into the crowd of bikes? Additionally, two minutes can mean life or death to an individual suffering from personal injuries in the back of an emergency vehicle.
Our Colorado accident lawyers are thankful that only a few arrests were made, and no ambulances had to be called. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident because of a distracted driver or are the family of a victim that suffered from wrongful death, talk to us today about your legal rights. We will do whatever it takes to make sure that justice is served against the negligent parties. Call us at (866) 377-3800 for legal advice, and a kind word.
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